Sciatica Fort Worth

Sciatica Fort Worth

Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused by compression, irritation, or inflammation of the sciatic nerves, which are thick nerves extending down the back of each leg. Each sciatic nerve consists of five smaller nerves extend from the lower spinal column, and then join together and travel down the legs. The sciatic nerves divide into tiny smaller nerves travel to the knee, foot, toes, calf, and thigh. The inflammation of any of these nerves can be called sciatica, but traditionally when people are referring to “sciatica” they are referring to radiating leg pain.

Causes Of Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is very long, so there are many places along its length at which the irritation may occur. One place is the lower back. Often, a misaligned lumbar vertebra puts pressure on the nerve, causing the pain.

Disc herniation can also mimic sciatica. Discs are the “shock absorbers” between the vertebrae of the spine. They are cartilage-like cushions that occupy the spaces between the vertebrae which allow the back to turn and bend normally. If bulges develop and begin irritating the nerves, the symptoms can often radiate down the leg. Conservative treatment may include Spinal Decompression Therapy (more).

True Sciatica would indicate irritation, aggravation or entrapment of the sciatic nerve resulting in deep radiating pain from the gluteal muscles to the calf.

Why Choose River Oaks Chiropractic Clinic for Sciatica Fort Worth treatment?

Medical treatment for sciatica typically includes anti-inflammatory medication, pain relievers, muscle relaxants and rest. When this treatment is ineffective, additional diagnostic tests are performed and potentially a referral for physical therapy. When these treatments fail, as they often do, pain management can include injections and even drugs that are aimed to ‘deaden’ the irritated nerves.

Conservative chiropractic treatment should be a natural consideration for people with sciatica. After a thorough history, hands-on evaluation, and diagnostic imaging help determine the which forms of conservative care are most likely to benefit the patient. By first evaluating the pain generator, tissue damage and underlying cause of the problem, a combination approach using chiropractic care with adjunctive therapies (such as soft tissue techniques, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser therapy, acupuncture) often provides excellent treatment for people suffering from sciatica.